Do not let emotions take over your social media accounts
Social media and divorce can be a dangerous combination. As you know, divorce is a highly emotional process. Feelings of anger, pain and betrayal are all too common. When we have these feelings, our instinct is often to turn to social media so that we can vent our emotions or ask for support. Due to feelings of grief or longing for the person we are divorcing lead us to look at their social media pages and even to comment.
This behavior can easily backfire. While you may have your ex blocked on social media, there are likely people who can view your account who might feel sympathetic towards your ex and share information.
Furthermore, your posts and comments can seem threatening to your ex, and are upsetting to family, friends, and children. All of this puts you in a poor position when discussing property division or parenting plans—your ex may be less flexible in negotiations, or even become unwilling to negotiate, and try to use your social media posts against you in court.
Additionally, it isn’t only negative social media posts that can backfire. Sometimes, even happy posts can upset your divorce proceedings. For example, posting on social media about partying and drinking can allow your ex to call your judgment into question during parenting discussions. Similarly, posting photos of yourself on expensive vacations or with your fancy new boat can give your ex ammunition to use against you when dividing up property.
Finally, if you are dating during your divorce, keep your relationship off of social media. Changing your relationship status or posting couple photos can cause a jealous reaction, even if your ex was the one who initiated the split.
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